New travel rules for International Travellers due to Omicron scare

International tourists have started to cancel their reservations due to the Omicron variant.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced a mandatory rule for international travelers recently. All the passengers are required to declare their current health status on the Air Suvidha portal before boarding their flight. According to recent reports, the exemption forms that were given before have been discontinued.

The passengers will be required to mandatorily submit their copy of the passport, their vaccination certificate, and their RT-PCR negative test that should have been conducted within 72 hours of departure. A copy of the same will be required on arrival in India for immigration. Moving on, the travelers coming from the ‘at-risk’ countries will be required to undergo a mandatory test on arrival. The test can be pre-booked by the testing facility link.

Currently, the steps given below are being followed by international passengers traveling to India.

  • A self-declaration form must be submitted on the Air Suvidha portal.
  • On the same portal, they should also submit a negative RT-PCR test report. The test should be conducted 72 hours before the journey.
  • The travelers are required to take a self-paid COVID-19 test on arrival at the airport. They are also advised to take up a 7 day home quarantine.

Also, post-arrival COVID-19 testing is mandatory for travelers from at-risk countries like Europe, the United Kingdom, Botswana, South Africa, Mauritius, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Israel, Tanzania, China, Ghana, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

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